Tampa Pain Management Physician Edward Lubin Agrees To Pay $1.5 Million To Settle False Claims Act Liability For Receiving Bribes And Writing Unnecessary Fentanyl Prescriptions
Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces today that Atlantic Mobile Imaging Services, Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $321,388.50 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing the government for services while it was unlicensed.
The settlement relates to the expiration of Atlantic Mobile’s license with the State of Florida in 2015. Atlantic Mobile allegedly billed federal healthcare programs for mobile x-ray services it had provided at various locations without a valid license. According to the settlement agreement, from June 9, 2015, through December 28, 2015, Atlantic Mobile billed over $160,000 for services it was not licensed to provide, in order to receive payment from the United States.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to protect Medicare, TRICARE, and other federal health care programs from unlicensed providers,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez. “We will continue to protect the people in our district from providers who do not follow the law.”
“Medicare licensure requirements help to ensure that patients receive services from competent providers,” said Special Agent in Charge Shimon R. Richmond of HHS OIG. “On behalf of patients and taxpayers, we will hold violators accountable who fail to meet those requirements.”
This settlement resulted from an investigation coordinated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Bloor, with assistance from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The settlement resolves the United States’ claims. The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.
The government’s action in this matter illustrates the emphasis on combating health care fraud, and one of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act. Tips from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement can be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services, at 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).